Live a Healthy Life
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As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.
Move your body every day to feel better, enjoy life and stay independent. Being active gives you energy to climb stairs and do household chores. It will help you stay flexible so you can wash your hair and tie your shoes.
Attend a Community Class
Learn more about fitting physical activity into your daily life.
Make an action plan to stay active.
Eat a variety of foods from all food groups to get the nutrients your body needs as you age. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated and can help you for many reasons:
- Live longer and stronger. Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong.
- Eating vitamin-rich food boosts immunity and helps you fight illness.
- A proper diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia.
- Eating sensibly means consuming fewer calories and more nutrient-dense foods, keeping weight in check.
- Sharpen the mind. Key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its job.
- Feel better. Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, resulting in a self-esteem boost. It’s all connected—when your body feels good you feel happier inside and out.
Attend a Community Class
Learn more about healthy eating after age 50
Learn about My Plate
Learn about My Plate for older adults
Learn for tips on healthy eating for older adults.
Call the Senior LinkAge Line® to find out if you are eligible to receive food assistance.
In 2010, nearly 15% of adults and 8.4% of older adults in Minnesota smoked on a regular basis. Smoking is the cause of or a factor in many different diseases and chronic conditions. It impacts your ability to live well. The good news is that quitting at any age is beneficial to your health.*
Call the QUITPLAN® Helpline at1-888-354-PLAN (7526) to speak with professional counselors about quitting smoking. This service is free of charge to all people living in Minnesota.
Learn about Quitplan.com and resources for quitting smoking.
* Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2010.